23082
Cuba/United States
Hemingway & Cuban-American Relations: Florida to Havana
Sail round-trip from Miami to Key West and Havana on an immersive journey into Cuban-American relations, experiencing the warmth of Cuban culture in Little Havana and Cuba.
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Program No. 23082RJ
Length
7 days
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1,995
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Arrive Miami, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Miami
D
SpringHill Suites Miami Airport South

Afternoon: Please arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. The Road Scholar Study Leader will be in the hotel lobby at 4:45 p.m. to accompany the group to the orientation room. This very important meeting prepares you us for travel in Cuba. Review OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) regulations that govern our program, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, tomorrow’s schedule. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In the hotel, we will enjoy a welcome dinner, plus coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Expert Lecture, Little Havana, Embarkation
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Empress of the Seas

Activity note: Walking and standing outside on pavement in Little Havana with few places to sit.

Breakfast: In the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet featuring eggs, bacon, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll begin at the hotel with a lecture that discusses the history of US/ Cuban Relations from a Cuban American's perspective. After the lecture, we will check out of the hotel and meet our study leader in the hotel lobby with luggage 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. We’ll board our private motorcoach with our study leader and head to Little Havana. This exploration will provide insight to Cuban-American life, and context to well-known traditions that originated in Miami’s famous Cuban neighborhood.

Lunch: Cuban-American lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch we head to the Port of Miami to embark the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy our choice of buffet or plated options, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
In the Footsteps of Hemingway in Key West
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Empress of the Seas

Activity note: The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. Walk up to 1 mile today on paved sidewalks. Getting on/off trolley to visit the Hemingway House.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy breakfast options including French toast, oatmeal, omelets, pastries, cereal, and fresh fruit plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We will arrive in Key West at approximately 7:00 a.m. Today we’ll learn about Key West and Ernest Hemingway’s ties to it from a local expert. An expert guide will lead us through the former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was as colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. We’ll learn about the lives and times of Hemingway and his wife Pauline in Key West, and about the house itself. Personal touches are still visible everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of Hemingway’s African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including To Have and Have Not, set in Key West. Descendants of his six-toed cat also still flourish here.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a meal with coffee, tea, water.

Afternoon: We will continue to explore the island via a trolley ride through Key West’s Old Town before embarking back onto the ship.

Dinner: After an exclusive Road Scholar reception, we will enjoy our choice of buffet or plated options, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Hemingway and Havana
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Empress of the Seas

Activity note: Walking and standing outdoors for up to 1.5 miles over uneven, cobblestone streets with high curbs in Old Havana for up to 2 hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We meet with our Study Leader on board to set the groundwork for our explorations in Havana.

Lunch: On the ship

Afternoon: Enjoy on board activities throughout the afternoon. Later, once we arrive in Havana, we’ll disembark the ship to meet our Cuban guide, then proceed on foot from the cruise ship terminal to the cobblestone streets of Old Havana. We’ll observe the government-funded restoration project of the historic district, as well as pass by the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway lived for seven years in the 1930s.

Dinner: Buffet and plated options available aboard the ship.

Evening: Free evening in Havana.

DAY
5
Havana: History, People & Local Culture
At Sea
B,L,D
MS Empress of the Seas

Activity note: Walking and standing outdoors in the sun. Optional stairs.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: On the motorcoach, we head to the outskirts of Havana to Finca La Vigia, the Hemingway Farm. This beautiful property is the home where the Nobel-Prize winning author lived with his third wife Mary for over 30 years. Look through the open windows and doors to see the home still furnished with Hemingway's personal belongings exactly as he left them. Walk the grounds to see his private writing studio, swimming pool, and beloved fishing boat, Pilar. The boat is featured in his novel "Islands in the Stream." On the way back into the city, we’ll see some of Havana’s main sites such as the Capitolio, the U.S. Embassy, La Rampa, and Havana University. We’ll visit Fusterlandia, the unique vision of Jose Fuster, one of Cuba’s iconic artists, whose hand-made mosaics cover an entire neighborhood.

Lunch: At a paladar, a privately-owned restaurant, we will enjoy modern Cuban cuisine, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: People to People Connection: We’ll enjoy a performance by one of Cuba's preeminent dance companies, then engage in one-on-one discussions about their lives and profession. Later, we will visit the famous Revolution Square and learn about the monumental events that have taken place there. As a special treat, we’ll return to the port in classic American cars along the Malecón – Havana’s seafront promenade. Choose to spend more time in Old Havana or re-embark the ship.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure as the ship sails.

DAY
6
Education on Board, Free Time
Miami
B,L,D
MS Empress of the Seas

Activity note: Full day at sea.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship. Special brunch offered in the Starlight Dining Room on full days at sea.

Morning: This morning, we will meet with our study leader to enhance our learning about Cuba. We'll have time for questions to further our understanding.

Lunch: Buffet and plated options available aboard the ship.

Afternoon: At leisure to enjoy the cruise and ship’s facilities. There may be a guest lecturer on board the ship, a dance classes, opportunities for physical activity, and entertainment.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, we will enjoy a plated, multi-course farewell dinner in the main dining room; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Program Concludes
Miami
B

Activity note: Disembarkation around 8:00 a.m. Customs may take up to an hour. Remember to allow yourself plenty of time to disembark, travel to the airport, and check-in prior to your return flight home. We recommend at least 3.5-4 hours for the process.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Disembarkation around 8:00 a.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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